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Local Barrier Reef

Dive and Snorkel The Southern Barrier Reefs of Belize

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Belize Southern Barrier Reef

These dives may include wall dive (drop offs), Canyon dives (swim thru) and Faro dive. We do these dive on the Barrier Reef or the Inner Lagoon (Inner Reef) each with their own characteristics.

Dive sites and destination are normally determined by group interest and weather conditions of the day and escorted by a PADI Dive Master.

Your dive master will lead the group pointing out interesting things as you cruse along on your dive.

Some of the destinations we visit are:

Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Beach at Laughing Bird CayeLocated inside the Barrier Reef, about 10 miles from Placencia (30 Min Boat Ride), this long narrow isle stands on reef known as a faro.

A faro is an angular atoll on a continental shelf, also known as a shelf atoll. this makes it ideal for beginners and novice because the water is calm and clear. While the vast numbers of fish you will see outside the reef are missing, it more than makes up for it with a variety of juvenile fishes, and hard and soft corals.

Some of the dive sites we visit :

  • Laughing Bird Caye Slope
    This is accessible by shore and boat, and is a favorite spot to begin our Discover Scuba Diving Course or Confine Water Dives for the Open Water Certification Classes. It is an excellent fish nursery and gives learning divers something to see while taking these courses.
  • Coral Garden
    This is a novice boat dive know for it diversity of Corals. There are also lots of reef fish including spotted drums, as well as invertebrates like lobsters, cleaner shrimp and arrow crabs.
  • Laughing Bird Caye South
    It is home to a huge canyon that runs north to south giving it multi-dive potential on either site of the canyon or in between. You can find lobster hiding in the walls, will nurse sharks and southern sting rays lay on the sand.

Silk Cayes (Queen Cayes)

Beach at Silk Cayes, BelizeLocated about 22 miles from Placencia (About 1 hr boat ride), it is made up of three small island located inside the Gladden Split & Silk Cayes Marine Reserve.

They are quickly becoming famous for a snorkeling spot (Turtle Ray Ally) where you can get close encounters with Sea Turtles, Sting Rays, and Nurse Shark. This is normally done at the end of the day on the way back home.

 

Some of the more frequent dive sites we visit at Silk Cayes are:

  • North Wall
    Consider among one of the best dives in Belize, and one of the most popular dives from Placencia, it is known for almost every kind of Caribbean reef creatures, including  a few reef sharks, and the occasional whale shark sighting.
  • Turtle Canyons
    Named from the hawksbill and logger head turtles that rest here, this site make a great second after north wall. This site also makes a great nursery for spotted drum, arrow crabs and cleaner shrimp, which also makes for good photography.
  • White Hole
    Named from the white sandy patch of sand (about 30 feet) where the dive normally begins. You are likely to run into a few southern stingrays, Nurse Shark, and green Moray eels.

Pompion Caye

Is a small privately own Island located further East of Laughing Bird Caye, South of the Silk cayes, and about 20 miles from Placencia. It is a favorite base for local fishermen as the surrounding reef are full of life.

The more popular dives at Pompoin Caye are:

  • Pompion Wall
    This dive Site is about 2 miles out from Pompion Caye itself, and 22 miles from Placencia.  The wall starts about 45 feet and drops steeply to the abyss. On top of the wall you can find many colorful reef fish, while pelagic are often seen in the blue.  Alongside the wall, around 60 – 70 feet, are nook and crannies where you can find lobsters, lurking moray eels, arrow crabs, and feeding hawksbill turtles.
  • Pompoin Canyon
    The canyons are actually groves in towers of corals.  The current normally dictate the direction we dive, either North to South or South to North. Searching the canyons and spur for marine creatures makes this a really fun dive.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is often combined with diving for groups with none divers.  The Snorkeling is normally done from the shore of the islands above, this way you will not be on the boat entire trip.

There is excellent snorkeling just a few feet from the beaches, and your snorkeling guide will point out interesting creatures and marine life as you snorkel around the small islands.

Requirement:

You must be a Certified Scuba Diver, in good health and have dove within the Last 12 months. If you have not been diving within 12 months time, we recommended that you do a Refresher Course

What To Bring:

Bring plenty of sunscreen and a towel, the dive center will  provide everything else you need.

The water temperature in Belize is generally warm About 78o– 81 oF, so if you’re bringing your own gears, a short 3mm wetsuit will be perfect. However, November through March can be a little bit cooler, about 76o– 79oF, so if you get cold easily you should bring a long wetsuit.

If you don’t have any diving equipment the dive shop will give rental equipment. Also, bring an under water camera, not the disposable ones, but the ones for taking good pictures.Enjoy the Diving in Belize, and don’t forget to have fun!!!

Boat Ride:

30 Min – 1 Hr

Time:

9:00am – 3:30pm

Price:

2 Dives: $140 US
Snorkeling: $85US

Price all diving and snorkeling equipment ( Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD, Regulator, Weights, and Tanks), Lunch,Marine Park Fees, guides, and 12.5% Sales tax.

Contact us today to sign up for a dive or if you have any questions about any of our Local Reef Dives